Denmark at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Denmark at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  DEN
NOC National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark
Website www.dif.dk (Danish) (English)
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 84 in 16 sports
Flag bearer Joachim Olsen (opening)
Lotte Friis (closing)
Medals
Rank: 30[1]
Gold
2
Silver
2
Bronze
3
Total
7
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Denmark competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. This is a list of all of the Danish athletes who qualified for the Olympics and their results. The goal set out by Team Danmark and the Danish Sports' Union (Dansk Idræts-Forbund, DIF) was seven medals. The distribution of gold, silver and bronze medals in this goal were not specified.[2]

Team Danmark and DIF believed Denmark had the best chances of winning a medal in wrestling, cycling, handball, the equestrian events, rowing, athletics, badminton and sailing, but hoped to see table tennis and triathlon make the podium as well.[2]

The entire Danish Olympic squad was announced on June 21, 2008 with final confirmation on July 8.[3]

On August 14, placing third in the equestrian team dressage event, Denmark won its first medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Medalists[edit]

Men's team pursuit at the Laoshan Velodrome
Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Andersen, Mads Christian KruseMads Christian Kruse Andersen
Eskild Ebbesen
Thomas Ebert
Morten Jørgensen
Rowing Men's lightweight coxless four
 Gold Kirketerp, MartinMartin Kirketerp
Jonas Warrer
Sailing 49er class
 Silver[4] Jørgensen, CasperCasper Jørgensen
Jens-Erik Madsen
Michael Mørkøv
Alex Nicki Rasmussen
Michael Færk Christensen
Cycling Men's team pursuit
 Silver Knudsen, Kim WraaeKim Wraae Knudsen
René Holten Poulsen
Canoeing Men's K-2 1000 m
 Bronze Helgstrand, AndreasAndreas Helgstrand
Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
Anne Van Olst
Equestrian Team dressage
 Bronze Friis, LotteLotte Friis Swimming Women's 800 m freestyle
 Bronze Quist, RasmusRasmus Quist
Mads Reinholdt Rasmussen
Rowing Men's lightweight double sculls

Archery[edit]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Niels Dall Men's individual 634 53  Galiazzo (ITA) (12)
L 97–114
Did not advance
Louise Laursen Women's individual 605 52  Cwienczek (POL) (13)
L 100–113
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Morten Jensen Long jump 7.63 31 Did not advance
Joachim Olsen Shot put 19.74 22 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Christina Scherwin Javelin throw 53.95 44 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Peter Gade Singles BYE  Lasmari (ALG)
W 21–6, 21–4
 Sato (JPN)
W 19–21, 22–20, 21–15
 Lin D (CHN)
L 13–21, 16–21
Did not advance
Kenneth Jonassen BYE  Lee H-i (KOR)
L 21–15, 14–21, 19–21
Did not advance
Jens Eriksen
Martin Lundgaard Hansen
Doubles N/A  Cai Y /
Fu Hf (CHN)
L 12–21, 11–21
Did not advance
Lars Paaske
Jonas Rasmussen
N/A  Jung J-s /
Lee Y-d (KOR)
W 21–16, 21–19
 Logosz /
Mateusiak (POL)
W 17–21, 21–11, 21–15
 Kido /
Setiawan (INA)
L 19–21, 17–21
  Lee J-j /
Hwang J-m (KOR)
L 21–13, 18–21, 17–21
4
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Tine Rasmussen Singles BYE  Stapušaitytė (LTU)
W 21–6, 21–8
 Yulianti (INA)
L 21–18, 19–21, 14–21
Did not advance
Lena Frier Kristiansen
Kamilla Rytter Juhl
Doubles N/A  Ogura /
Shiota (JPN)
L 21–18, 14–21, 18–21
Did not advance
Mixed
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Thomas Laybourn
Kamilla Rytter Juhl
Doubles  Saputra /
Li (SIN)
W 21–12, 21–14
 Limpele /
Marissa (INA)
L 17–21, 21–15, 17–21
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kasper Bleibach Men's K-1 500 m 1:42.529 5 QS 1:45.418 6 Did not advance
Kim Wraae Knudsen
René Holten Poulsen
Men's K-2 500 m 1:30.348 5 QS 1:31.796 3 Q 1:30.569 5
Men's K-2 1000 m 3:18.709 2 QF BYE 3:13.580 2
Henriette Engel Hansen Women's K-1 500 m 1:52.773 5 QS 1:55.960 8 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: QS = Qualify to semi-final; QF = Qualify directly to final

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Chris Anker Sørensen Men's road race 6:24:11 12
Men's time trial 1:05:55 19
Nicki Sørensen Men's road race 6:26:17 25
Brian Bach Vandborg Men's road race Did not finish
Men's time trial 1:08:10 33
Linda Melanie Villumsen Women's road race 3:32:33 5
Women's time trial 36:50.62 13

Track[edit]

Pursuit
Athlete Event Qualification Semifinals Finals
Time Rank Opponent
Results
Rank Opponent
Results
Rank
Michael Færk Christensen
Casper Jørgensen
Jens-Erik Madsen
Michael Mørkøv
Alex Rasmussen
Men's team pursuit 4:02.191 4 Q  France (FRA)
3:56.831
2 Q  Great Britain (GBR)
4:00.040
2
Omnium
Athlete Event Points Laps Rank
Daniel Kreutzfeldt Men's points race 29 1 6
Trine Schmidt Women's points race 0 0 18
Michael Mørkøv
Alex Rasmussen
Men's madison 14 −1 6

Mountain biking[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Jakob Fuglsang Men's cross-country 2:06:41 25
Klaus Nielsen LAP (1 lap) 31

BMX[edit]

Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Henrik Baltzersen Men's BMX 37.635 29 16 5 Did not advance
Amanda Sørensen Women's BMX 38.719 12 N/A 20 8 Did not advance

Equestrian[edit]

Dressage[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
Andreas Helgstrand Don Schufro Individual 68.833 14 Q 68.800 14 Q 72.550 10 70.675 11
Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Digby 70.417 8 Q 69.120 12 Q 69.100 15 69.110 15
Anne Van Olst Clearwater 67.375 17 Q 65.320 22 Did not advance
Andreas Helgstrand
Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
Anne Van Olst
See above Team 68.875 3 N/A 68.875 3

Eventing[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Peter Tersgov Flarup Silver Ray Individual 53.10 45 13.20 66.30 20 Withdrew

Gymnastics[edit]

Trampoline[edit]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Score Rank Score Rank
Peter Jensen Men's 69.20 10 Did not advance

Handball[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Roster

The following is the Denmark roster in the men's handball tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[5][6] view · talk

Head coach: Ulrik Wilbek

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Hvidt, KasperKasper Hvidt (1976-02-06)6 February 1976 (aged 32) 1.92 m 184 1 Spain FC Barcelona Handbol
4 LB Boesen, LasseLasse Boesen (1979-09-18)18 September 1979 (aged 28) 1.91 m 101 302 Germany SG Flensburg-Handewitt
6 RB Jørgensen, Lars TroelsLars Troels Jørgensen (1978-02-03)3 February 1978 (aged 30) 1.92 m 158 136 Spain SDC San Antonio
7 CB Jensen, JesperJesper Jensen (1977-10-30)30 October 1977 (aged 30) 1.88 m 92 192 Denmark Skjern Håndbold
9 LW Christiansen, LarsLars Christiansen (1972-04-18)18 April 1972 (aged 36) 1.82 m 266 999 Germany SG Flensburg-Handewitt
12 GK Henriksen, PeterPeter Henriksen (1972-08-20)20 August 1972 (aged 35) 1.84 m 61 0 Denmark GOG Svendborg
13 LB Spellerberg, BoBo Spellerberg (1979-07-24)24 July 1979 (aged 29) 1.92 m 121 173 Denmark KIF Kolding
14 P Knudsen, Michael V.Michael V. Knudsen (1978-09-04)4 September 1978 (aged 29) 1.92 m 184 615 Germany SG Flensburg-Handewitt
15 LB Hansen, MikkelMikkel Hansen[n 1] (1987-10-22)22 October 1987 (aged 20) 1.94 m 9 27 Spain FC Barcelona Handbol
19 P Nøddesbo, JesperJesper Nøddesbo (1980-10-23)23 October 1980 (aged 27) 1.99 m 97 186 Spain FC Barcelona Handbol
22 RB Søndergaard, KasperKasper Søndergaard (1981-06-09)9 June 1981 (aged 27) 1.91 m 40 98 Denmark KIF Kolding
23 CB Boldsen, JoachimJoachim Boldsen (1978-04-30)30 April 1978 (aged 30) 1.87 m 176 395 Spain FC Barcelona Handbol
24 RW Lindberg, HansHans Lindberg (1981-08-01)1 August 1981 (aged 27) 1.88 m 71 160 Germany HSV Hamburg
25 RB Jørgensen, Klavs BruunKlavs Bruun Jørgensen (1974-04-03)3 April 1974 (aged 34) 1.80 m 169 410 Denmark FCK Handball
26 LB Nielsen, KasperKasper Nielsen (1975-06-09)9 June 1975 (aged 33) 1.94 m 120 266 Germany SG Flensburg-Handewitt
Notes
  1. ^ Replaces Michael V. Knudsen who suffered from appendicitis, and sent home shortly after the first match.
Group play
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 South Korea 5 3 0 2 122 129 –7 6
 Denmark 5 2 2 1 137 131 +6 6
 Iceland 5 2 2 1 151 146 +5 6
 Russia 5 2 1 2 136 131 +5 5
 Germany 5 2 1 2 126 130 –4 5
 Egypt 5 0 2 3 127 132 –5 2
10 August 2008
20:45
v
Denmark  23 – 23  Egypt Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Christiansen 6 (11–10) El Ahmar 8
Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 4×Booked
12 August 2008
19:00
v
South Korea  31 – 30  Denmark Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Licis, Stolarovs (LAT)
Jung Su-Young 9 (13–14) Nøddesbo 11
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked
14 August 2008
19:00
v
Denmark  25 – 24  Russia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Christiansen 6 (10–10) Chernoivanov, Igropulo 6
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked
16 August 2008
20:45
v
Denmark  32 – 32  Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Nøddesbo 6 (18–17) Guðjónsson 8
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked 1×Red card
18 August 2008
19:00
v
Germany  21 – 27  Denmark Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Kraus 6 (12–15) Boesen 8
Suspension 4×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 3×Booked
Quarterfinal
20 August 2008
18:00
v
Denmark  24 – 26  Croatia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Christiansen 6 (14–12) Šprem 7
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked
Classification semifinal
22 August 2008
12:00
v
Russia  28 – 27  Denmark Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Elmoamli, Shaban Ali (EGY)
Dibirov 8 (17–14) Christiansen 8
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked 1×Red card
7th–8th place
24 August 2008
08:00
v
Denmark  37 – 26  South Korea Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Aires Menezes, Aparecido Pinto (BRA)
Hansen 8 (15–13) Ko Kyung-Soo 10
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked

Rowing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Thomas Morsing Larsen
Morten Ølgaard
Pair 7:17.43 5 R 6:38.33 3 SA/B 6:48.65 6 FB 6:55.37 10
Rasmus Quist
Mads Reinholdt Rasmussen
Lightweight double sculls 6:14.84 1 SA/B BYE 6:26.49 2 FA 6:12.45 3
Mads Kruse Andersen
Eskild Ebbesen
Thomas Ebert
Morten Jørgensen
Lightweight four 5:50.12 1 SA/B BYE 6:05.75 1 FA 5:47.76 1
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Katrin Olsen
Juliane Elander Rasmussen
Lightweight double sculls 6:58.63 2 SA/B BYE 7:06.31 4 FB 7:06.94 7

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Jonas Kældsø RS:X 28 26 30 29 35 4 14 13 34 23 EL 201 24
Anders Nyholm Laser 18 26 19 15 19 BFD 27 28 13 CAN EL 165 23
Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Bettina Honoré RS:X 21 18 21 18 20 9 14 15 22 6 EL 142 19
Open
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 M*
Jonas Høgh-Christensen Finn 16 6 12 16 25 4 5 7 CAN CAN N/A 4 70 6
Martin Kirketerp
Jonas Warrer
49er 2 4 10 4 2 3 4 2 9 2 7 8 CAN CAN CAN 14 61 1

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race; CAN = Race cancelled;

Shooting[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Anders Golding Skeet 112 25 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jakob Andkjær 50 m freestyle 22.52 33 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 49.25 27 Did not advance
100 m butterfly 52.24 NR 19 Did not advance
Chris Christensen 200 m breaststroke 2:13.92 33 Did not advance
200 m individual medley 2:02.93 32 Did not advance
Mads Glæsner 400 m freestyle 3:45.38 NR 12 N/A Did not advance
1500 m freestyle 15:03.33 NR 14 N/A Did not advance
Jon Raahauge Rud 200 m freestyle 1:48.96 31 Did not advance
400 m freestyle 3:57.41 34 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Lotte Friis 400 m freestyle 4:08.47 NR 13 N/A Did not advance
800 m freestyle 8:21.74 NR 3 Q N/A 8:23.03 3
Julie Hjorth-Hansen 200 m individual medley 2:11.99 NR 5 Q 2:12.26 10 Did not advance
Louise Mai Jansen 200 m freestyle 2:01.30 34 Did not advance
Micha Østergaard 100 m butterfly 59.10 28 Did not advance
200 m butterfly 2:07.77 NR 8 Q 2:09.29 11 Did not advance
Jeanette Ottesen 50 m freestyle 24.83 NR 5 Q 24.86 11 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 54.04 NR 9 Q 54.05 7 Q 54.06 5
100 m butterfly 58.44 15 Q 59.29 15 Did not advance
Lotte Friis
Julie Hjorth-Hansen
Louise Mai Jansen
Micha Østergaard
4×200 m freestyle relay 8:00.81 NR 13 N/A Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Michael Maze Men's singles BYE  Primorac (CRO)
L 2–4
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Caroline Wozniacki Women's singles  Sfar (TUN)
W 6–4, 6–1
 Hantuchová (SVK)
W 6–1, 6–3
 Dementieva (RUS)
L 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Did not advance

Triathlon[edit]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Rasmus Henning Men's 18:18 0:26 58:57 0:28 31:48 1:49:57.47 8

Wrestling[edit]

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Anders Nyblom −55 kg BYE  Park E-C (KOR)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 14
Mark Madsen −74 kg  Samurgashev (RUS)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Overall Medal Standings retrieved 22 August 2008
  2. ^ a b "Danske målsætninger" (Danish), ol.dk. Retrieved on February 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Milepæle frem mod OL" (Danish), ol.dk. Retrieved on February 26, 2008.
  4. ^ Medallists by Event Cycling Track
  5. ^ "Denmark men's handball team roster". NBC Olympics. 2 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Men's Handball Team Roster – Denmark (DEN)" (PDF). 2008 Beijing. LA84 Foundation. 1 February 2013. p. 2487. 

External links[edit]

  • ol.dk (Danish) – the Danish Olympics Committee's homepage for the Danish Olympic team